Sunday, October 26, 2014

Soil and Water Conservation Society

Among the many interesting things we were able to do on our drive up to Tomah, WI last weekend was to stop at the Soil and Water Conservation Society Headquarters at Ankeny, IA. It was 25 years ago this fall that I began my tenure as Executive Vice-President of the Society at this location. The office was closed  when we stopped but Annie Binder, Director of Publications,who  was working invited me in to visit. It has been several years since we last stopped while traveling to Tomah where we have family, but things look good. Society membership has declined over the years which is typical of many membership organizations. I am a life-member and participate to some extent in the Nebraska Chapter activities. Jim Gulliford, the Executive Director, is providing excellent leadership, and the Society's Journal of Soil and Water Conservation continues to set the standard for Referred Journals in its field under Annie Binder's leadership. We have many happy memories of meetings around the country with the Society. And, the Society's impact on the conservation and sustainability of our Nation's Soil and Water resources is most significant. 

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